Electric Doily, written by Dick Ainsworth, is a video art program released by Bally Manufacturing Corp. in 1978 on the 300-BAUD Bally BASIC Sampler that was included with the 300-baud tape interface. The tape's official title is "Software No. 1 (APC-7001)." This is the only Bally BASIC tape released by Bally.
Electric Doily places a random square on the screen and reflects it eight times to create a symmetrical pattern. Start the program by selecting program one from the menu. When the program begins, a continuous pattern is generated with music notes. Pressing zero returns to menu.
The version on the tape runs from a menu of five different programs and it has changing colors and sound. The printed version, on page 118 of the Bally BASIC manual, is B&W-only and doesn't have any sound effects. Only the color version of the video art is shown in this video.
The 300-BAUD Bally BASIC Sampler contains the following programs on a two-sided tape:
Side 1: 1. Electric Doily (Graphics) 2. Line Graph 3. Monthly Records 4. Electronic Music 5. Number Match (Guessing Game)
Side 2: 1. Lunar Lander 2. Gravity Game 3. Newtonia '500'
This video overview only runs Electric Doily. It is broken into various sections:
0:00 - Electric Doily, Titles and Overview 9:37 - Electric Doily, Run 1: Bally BASIC (2 Minutes) 11:41 - Electric Doily, Run 2: "AstroBASIC" (1 Minute) 12:45 - Electric Doily, Run 3: "AstroBASIC" (1 Minute) 13:51 - Electric Doily, Run 4: "AstroBASIC" (1 Minute) 14:56 - Electric Doily, Run 5: "AstroBASIC" (1 Minute) 16:04 - Electric Doily, Run 6: "AstroBASIC" (1 Minute) 17:12 - Electric Doily, Run 7: "AstroBASIC" (2 Minutes) 19:21 - Electric Doily, Run 8: "AstroBASIC" (2 Minutes) 21:28 - Electric Doily, Run 9: "AstroBASIC" (2 Minutes) 23:35 - Electric Doily, Run 10: "AstroBASIC" (2 Minutes) 26:42 - Electric Doily, Run 11: "AstroBASIC" (3 Minutes) 29:50 - Electric Doily, "AstroBASIC" Program Listing 31:44 - End Credits
Electric Doily is a simple, fascinating program to watch. I'd prefer if the program cleared the screen every once in a while, but when the program is running, the user can always decide to exit the program by pressing zero and then running the program again. This video includes the program running eleven different times: once under Bally BASIC and ten times under "AstroBASIC."